IF I FORGET

By STEVEN LEVENSON

TWO STAGED READINGS Directed by BRIAN ZOLDESSY

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2019, at 2 p.m.; and MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts., OH

Shortly before 9/11, the Fischer family gathers to celebrate Dad’s 75th birthday. Instead, his grown children clash over everything from their brother’s controversial work in Jewish Studies to the mounting pressures of eldercare. As they struggle to find personal and political common ground, their old secrets and resentments bubble to the surface. Steven Levenson, Tony Award-winning book author of Dear Evan Hansen, tells a bitterly funny, powerful, insightful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.

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Golda’s Balcony

By William Gibson

Dorothy Silver

Two staged readings, directed by Faye Sholiton

Starring DOROTHY SILVER, with John Busser

BOTH PERFORMANCES BOOKED; WAITING LIST AVAILABLE

MONDAY, JULY 1 & TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts., OH

Born in Kiev in 1898 and raised in Milwaukee, Goldie Mabovitch might have lived the relatively comfortable life of a 20th century American Jewish woman. But the call of Zionism beckoned. Arriving in Palestine in 1921, she would rise to become a world-renowned fundraiser, civil servant and politician – and a co-signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Her election in 1969 as Israel’s Prime Minister positioned her in 1973 to wrestle with of the most agonizing decisions in the annals of modern warfare.

Playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker) wrote this review of Meir’s life as a series of late-night reminiscences. In 2003, Golda’s Balcony, starring Tovah Feldshuh, would become the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history.

Admission is free; DONATIONS WELCOME AT THE DOOR.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED at interplayjewishtheatre@gmail.com; or by calling 216 393-PLAY (7529).

ROCKET CITY, ALABAM’

By MARK SALTZMAN

Directed by Katia Schwarz

Featuring: Sara Bogomolny, John Busser, Nate Homolko, Larry Nehring*, Kristin Netzband*, Laura Perrotta*, Tammy Shanley, Cory Kilpatrick Steele, David Vegh* and Bobby Williams. (*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Assn.)

Faye Sholiton, Mark Saltzman (Playwright), Katia Schwarz (Director)
Faye Sholiton, Mark Saltzman (Playwright), Katia Schwarz (Director)

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 2 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 29 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Hts., OH

Shortly after World War II, the U.S. Army placed captured Nazi rocket scientists in the town of Huntsville, Alabama, to manufacture guided atomic missiles. Wernher Von Braun and friends were not a welcome sight for the town’s well-established, but still jittery Jewish community. Was it possible to move past personal anguish with these new neighbors for the sake of economic expediency?

Playwright Mark Saltzman, who is also a screenwriter and seven-time Emmy Award winner, will attend the April 28th performance and lead a talkback. This reading is presented as part of the Holocaust Theater Initiative’s “Remembrance Readings,” organized by the National Jewish Theater Foundation.


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AN EVENING WITH JAZZ VIOLINIST AARON WEINSTEIN

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018, 7 p.m.

Hosted by Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH

Widely considered one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation, Aaron Weinstein has been a featured soloist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and in festivals around the world He’s performed and recorded with jazz icons like John Pizzarelli (who calls Aaron “a perfect musician”), Annie Ross and NY Pops founder, Skitch Henderson. Also a master of deadpan comedy, he’s been dubbed “The Groucho of the Violin” by Tony Bennett. Weinstein appears in celebration of Interplay Jewish Theatre’s 7th anniversary.

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Caricature courtesy of Ken Fallin

CHURCH & STATE

CHURCH & STATE

By JASON ODELL WILLIAMS

Two Staged Readings

Directed by FRED STERNFELD and featuring: Chris Bizub, John Busser, Ursula Cataan*, Klara Hricik and Kristin Netzband* (*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)

MONDAY, JUNE 25 & TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018, at 7 p.m.

Hosted by DOBAMA THEATRE, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH

On the eve of his bid for re-election, a North Carolina senator finds his off-the-cuff remark to a blogger a potential career ender. In the aftermath of a school shooting, he questioned out loud his own faith in God. With dueling advice from his devoutly Christian wife and his liberal Jewish campaign manager, he must minimize the damage to his career and his soul. Church & State, “A Serious Comedy, Honest to God,” is an explosive look at our broken political system. In 2017, the play was nominated for Best New Play by the Off Broadway Alliance.

New York-based Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer whom the L.A. Times has dubbed “a postmodern Clifford Odets.” Other play titles include: Handle with Care (New York Times Critics’ Pick); The Science of Guilt, The Jungle Gym and Baltimore in Black & White. He and his wife, Charlotte Cohn, have adapted Personal Statement, his first novel, for the big screen.

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